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Volume 669: debated on Monday 13 January 2020


Monday 13 January 2020



Frigate named HMS Cornwall

The petition of residents of Truro and Falmouth,

Declares that one of the new Type 31e General Purpose Frigates should be named HMS Cornwall.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to ensure this is done.

And the petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Sarah Newton, Official Report, Tuesday 5 November 2019; Vol. 667, c. 748.]


Observations from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (James Heappey):

The names for a new ship or a class of ship are initially proposed by the Royal Navy Ships’ Names and Badges Committee (SNBC). In considering any name, the Committee takes into account many aspects including the history of that name, battle honours, recent affiliations, and the civic support that may go with it. The SNBC presents its recommendations to the Navy Board; the name(s) chosen by the Navy Board are forwarded to the Secretary of State for Defence before being submitted to Her Majesty the Queen for approval.

The names of the Type 31 Frigates have been proposed by the Navy Board. When names are agreed they will be announced at appropriate opportunities in the future.